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The batch of fish received from Department of Fish and Wildlife start out weighing 4,000 lbs. By the time they are grown, it becomes closer to 15,000 lbs. | Julie Giyer/Kern Valley Sun
The 2021 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby takes place from April 24 through Sept. 6.
Each participant must be officially registered with the Isabella Lake Fishing Derby Committee before 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, to be eligible for any prize fish. You must pick up your official registration receipt from your online or in-person application and have it in your possession to claim your prize.
All derby participants 16 years of age or older must have a valid California Sport Fishing License in their possession. Children under the age of 16 are not required to have a fishing license.
Registration fees are $40 for adults and $15 for youth anglers ages 15 and under.
A copy of your 2021 registration entry form will not be returned to you. All participants must register with the Fishing Derby headquarters via the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce website at www.kernrivervalley.com or in-person at 6416 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella before fishing. Registration will close at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 24. There will be no exceptions. Register early online or be here in person before 7 a.m. April 24. If you have lost or cannot locate your registration, contact the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce to verify you are registered.
All fish must be caught under the guidelines of the current California Sport Fishing Regulations. Only amateurs may participate. The derby officially starts at 7 a.m. on April 24 and ends at 5 p.m. on Sept. 6. All tagged prize fish must be turned in to Isabella Lake Derby headquarters via email, text or in-person verification by 5 p.m. on Sept. 6.
No fish will be received before 8 a.m. on April 24. Any fish caught before 7 a.m. on April 24 will not be eligible for prizes.
Do not remove the tag from fish before verification. No exceptions.
All tagged fish must be fresh-caught within the footprint of Isabella Lake and submitted via email, text, in-person verification at an official derby checkpoint and the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce, which is acting as the derby headquarters on derby days. Fish must show no signs of alteration and must be presented before 5 p.m. on Sept. 6. To qualify for prizes, participants must be registered and show proper identification. Each winner is responsible for paying any, and all taxes on any prize(s) won and must authorize the deduction of such taxes, if any, from the prize(s) to the extent required by law.
Upon verification, any person catching a tagged trout and submitting the catch via the online portal or official derby checkpoint will be paid by check and sent to the address on your official Isabella Lake Derby registration / Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce within 30 days.
All tagged trout must be submitted via the following, Email to [email protected] kernrivervalley.com, Text 760-379-5641, 760-812-7318 or in-person validation at the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as other official derby checkpoints such as Red’s Marina.
All trout must be photographed with tags intact and clearly visible within the text or email. You will need to provide your name, address and contact information along with your derby registration information. If derby registration information is not available, we will need to verify your entry before prize money distribution.
Any angler caught submitting another angler catch as their own will be disqualified from the event, and all prize money due will be forfeited.
The fishing derby will take place as scheduled regardless of weather conditions.
To help prevent the introduction of invasive species, anglers are reminded to inspect and clean all equipment (boats, trailers, paddles, etc.) to remove all soil, seed and plant materials before entering Isabella Lake.
The Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is under special use permit with the Sequoia National Forest and operates on a nondiscriminatory basis. To file a complaint alleging discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call, toll-free, 866-632-9992.
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